A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.
Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Implants may be used in conjunction with other restorative procedures for maximum effectiveness. For example, a single implant can serve to support a crown replacing a single missing tooth. Implants can also be used to support a dental bridge for the replacement of multiple missing teeth, and can be used with dentures to increase stability and reduce gum tissue irritation.
Teeth like your own
Dental implants are so natural you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
In many cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth and supporting structures.
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Advantages of dental implants
Although you have a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as implants.
Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent tooth loss and gum recession. Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does.
More of your own teeth are left untouched, which is a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!